There were reasons to have their heads down, with the biggest being the fact that the Turlock High football players almost allowed a three-touchdown lead to completely slip away. But the Bulldogs did not partake in the blame game. They stayed composed, even with an opposing crowd surrounding them.
After every home game, the Pitman High football team walk toward the west end of Debley Stadium, stand on the track and wave their helmets and their hands to the home crowd.
Frank Marques said he is honored to be part of the tradition of Hilmar Yellowjackets football (7-1, 4-0 TVL) as the team's head coach during Hilmar High School's centennial celebration and homecoming.
It wasn't difficult to predict this outcome.
STEVINSON - By having all five scorers shoot 50 or under, including a freshman who was playing at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club for the first time, the Turlock High girls golf team surpassed crosstown rival Pitman High in the Central California Conference finale by 55 strokes (238-293) to complete a 10-0 record on Thursday afternoon.
They needed this win.
Both teams are undefeated.
Turlock High football coach James Peterson has said it before: There are no weak teams in the Central California Conference.
SALIDA - Right before the game, a Hilmar High football player was overheard yelling four very powerful words to his teammates.
RIPON - Despite an overwhelming 14-7 shot advantage, the Hilmar High Yellowjackets just couldn't pull off another win over the Ripon High Indians on Thursday. Ripon scored early and then held on for a 2-1 win at the Ripon Elementary field.
The Pitman volleyball team avenged its only league loss of the season on Thursday night, when the Pride, led by Ashley Solis' 26 kills, fought through a long match and an exciting fifth and final set to beat Buhach Colony High, 25-8, 13-25, 23-25, 25-21, 16-14, in Atwater.
At this point in the season, Turlock High's Mary Krupka knows the little things can make the biggest impact.
Turlock High boys water polo coach Steve Feaver sensed that his players were nervous about Tuesday night's matchup with Pitman High, hours before it began.
The Turlock High girls water polo team aimed to make a statement against Pitman High, and that was to treat its crosstown rival just like any other team - an approach that helped erase all the special circumstances surrounding Tuesday night's match at the Pitman High pool.
Buhach Colony High football has been annihilating teams all season. In the Thunder's five wins, three of the teams couldn't score more than one touchdown, two were blown out by at least 53 points and only one opponent scored in double-digits.
Tuesday was a good day for Turlock and Pitman High baseball teams at the 45th annual Dick Windemuth Tournament as both squads came away with victories.
Turlock High runners made their mark at the Woody Wilson Invitational on Saturday, held at UC Davis, with nine students competing in their respective events.
Both Turlock and Pitman High's baseball programs have solidified themselves atop the Central California Conference, and this past week both squads proved why they are to be considered teams to be reckoned with.
All season long, the fourth inning has been trouble for the Pitman Pride softball team - and Thursday's Central California Conference matchup against Atwater proved it once again.
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